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Firefox continues to gain ground on IE

Survey shows Firefox took 10% of Internet Explorer's market share in 2007

A Forrester Research survey has shown that Firefox is continuing to increase its share of the web browser market, which increased from 9.8% to 18% in 2007.

Internet Explorer’s market share dropped 10% in the same period.

The survey also revealed that many Internet Explorer users aren’t actually using the latest version of the browser, with 55.2% of the entire market comprising of Internet Explorer 6 users. Internet Explorer 6 was superseded by Internet Explorer 7 all the way back in October 2006, but with a market share of 23.4% IE7 is almost beaten by Firefox in terms of market growth.

By contrast, the release of Firefox 2.0 during the same month almost completely eliminated previous versions of the browser. One reason for this may be IT managers, who some believe are driving updates of the application. The survey notes that "Mozilla continues to expend little energy on wooing IT managers to formally adopt Firefox.” It would be understandable if industry specialists were drawn to Firefox, as the browser boasts impressive security features in addition to innovations designed to aid browsing.

Those curious about what’s next for Firefox can head over to the official Firefox 3 website where an open beta is currently available for early testing purposes.

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